Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester Awarded CHAP Accreditation

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Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc., (CHAP) announced today that Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester (HPCW) has been awarded CHAP accreditation for three years under the CHAP Hospice Standards of Excellence.

Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc., (CHAP) announced today that Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester (HPCW) has been awarded CHAP accreditation for three years under the CHAP Hospice Standards of Excellence. Since 2006, CHAP accreditation has been awarded to HPCW.

CHAP accreditation demonstrates that HPCW meets the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards. Rigorous evaluation by CHAP focuses on structure and function, quality of services and products, human and financial resources, and long term viability. Through CHAP accreditation HPCW is also certified as a Medicare provider.

“We are very pleased that HPCW chose CHAP accreditation,” said Terry A. Duncombe, CHAP President and CEO. “Voluntarily selecting to achieve CHAP accreditation and meeting our high standards of excellence demonstrates HPCW’s commitment to quality. CHAP is delighted to work with their entire team through the ongoing process of quality improvement.”

HPCW provides a variety of hospice and palliative services to patients and their families in Westchester County. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, HPCW has stayed true to its mission to provide extraordinary and dignified comfort, care and compassion to every individual and family facing a serious or life-threatening illness.

CHAP is an independent, not-for-profit, accrediting body for community-based health care organizations. Created in 1965, CHAP was the first to recognize the need and value for accreditation in community-based care. CHAP is the oldest national, community-based accrediting body with more than 5,000 agencies currently accredited nationwide. Through “deeming authority” granted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), CHAP has the regulatory authority to survey agencies providing home health, hospice, and home medical equipment services, to determine if they meet the Medicare Conditions of Participation and CMS Quality Standards. CHAP’s purpose is to define and advance the highest standards of community-based care.

For more information about the CHAP accreditation process, please visit the CHAP Website at http://www.chapinc.org. For additional information on CHAP, please contact Michael Grogan, Director of Business Development, at 202.862.3413 or mgrogan (at) chapinc (dot) org.

For additional information, contact Holly K. Benedict at 914.682.141 ext. 122 or visit http://www.hospiceofwestchester.com.

About Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester: Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester, which is celebrating its 20th year, is a private, not-for-profit healthcare agency that provides skilled, compassionate and comprehensive end-of-life home care to patients with any diagnosis and gives support to their families and loved ones.

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